May 19, 2010
We've been feeling quite homesick the past couple of days, especially now that Eliana is with us for good. We simply want to hop on a plane and return to our family and friends. Today's afternoon snack of a Snickers bar and a Diet Coke did the trick in helping us cope.
Today was a rest day. We were glad to see the sun shining for the first time since we've been here. It was very nice out and we decided to spend the morning close to home (so Eliana could keep her nap schedule) before heading out for the afternoon for a small grocery run. We walked about ten blocks or so and took in all the sights and sounds of Zhengzhou, complete with cars, mopeds, bicycles, trees, flowers and people. Lots of people. It is a very pretty city, even more so now that the cloudy weather has lifted. There does not appear to be near the amount of pollution here as in Beijing, evidenced by the blue sky overhead.
Tomorrow has a museum tour on the agenda before we begin preparations to head to our next destination south -- to Guangzhou, where we will remain for the next week as we finish our journey.
Eliie continues to make us smile, as she breaks into song on occasion with a book in her hand (as though she is singing from a hymnal). Her nights sleeping have been long and quiet -- at least 10 hours each night.
More later. Thanks for following our journey and for lifting us up in prayer.